Check Your Walls & Ceiling for Cracks

Time: 15 minutes

As much as you don’t want to admit it, your home isn’t getting any younger. Just like wrinkles on your face, your house will start to show its age when cracks appear in the walls and ceilings. Seasonal weather changes can cause small fissures over the years, but how do you know if it’s just a flesh wound or something more serious?

Use this guide to find the cause and take proper care of those age spots.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fewer repairs
  • Less money spent
  • Peace of mind

Spot the difference

First, it’s important to figure out what kind of issue you’re dealing with. The size, shape, and location of the cracks in your walls can tell you a lot about any potential problems. So take some extra time to evaluate the situation:

  1. Look closely at the size of the gap. If you notice a gap in the wall that’s larger than ⅛ of an inch, it could be a sign of a structural problem. If you don’t have a ruler handy, grab a pin or needle to stick in the crack. Excess room on either side of the pin means the gap is at least ⅛ of an inch, and should be checked out by a foundation specialist.
  2. Cracks that are horizontal or vertical are normal post-construction, and are linked to the natural seams in sheets of drywall as the house settles. Cracks that are at a 45 degree angle are an indication of settling problems and should be seen by a specialist as soon as possible.
  3. If the crack looks like a spider web, it’s typically only the paint. Take a closer look to see if the cracks are just on the surface of the wall. Spider web shaped cracks are also common to a house settling over the years, and can usually be repaired by a handyman.
  4. Examine the joint of the wall and ceiling. If you notice cracking near the joint, it’s likely your home has a roof truss issue. Over time this can lead to a bowed ceiling, leaks, and most importantly, safety issues. It’s important to contact a roofing repair contractor immediately.
  5. Check your doors and windows. Pay attention to your home’s doors and windows when shutting them. If they stick, first check to see if it’s a result of cracked wood, damaged hardware, or paint around the frame. Then look for any gaps. If there’s no obstruction preventing it from closing, it’s likely there’s been a change in the foundation and it’s time to contact a specialist.

Pro Tip: While most cracks in your walls or ceilings can be repaired by a handyman, it’s important to check your home annually for any new appearances. Always contact a professional immediately when dealing with a potential roof or foundation problem.

Find a problem? Give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a pro ASAP.

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